Executive Committee


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We may be biased but we think our team is what makes us great.  We are pleased to have the following individuals caring for the crop at First Growth Venture Network.

Our Executive Committee and Founding Growers:

  • Ed Zimmerman, FGVN Executive Committee Chair, Founder/Chair Tech Group at Lowenstein Sandler and www.GrapeArborVC.com, Adjunct Professor of Venture Capital at Columbia Business School
  • Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners (Boston, MA)
  • Matt Witheiler, Principal, Flybridge Capital Partners (Boston, MA)
  • Kathi A. Rawnsley, FGVN COO, Founding Partner Lowenstein Sandler Silicon Valley; former Regional Counsel for the US/Canada for Intel Capital
  • John Eley, CEO Pivot
  • Dayna B. Grayson, Principal, North Bridge Venture Partners (Boston, MA)
  • Ron Williams, VP Operations, Riot Games (Santa Monica, CA); Formerly Founder, Zeevex an InComm Company (Atlanta, GA)
  • Sarah Reed, Partner, Charles River Ventures (Boston, MA)
  • Greg Blonder, Inventor, scientist, entrepreneur and author
  • Charles Smith
  • Mark Kesslen, FGVN COO, Chair Intellectual Property section of The Tech Group, Lowenstein Sandler
  • Adam Marcus, Managing Director, Openview Venture Partners (Boston, MA)
  • John Goldsmith — retired partner AEA Investors (PE fund); angel investor;  board member of Gerson Lehrman Group (NY), Intego (Paris), Lux Research (Boston) and Salesconx (NY); member at www.GrapeArborVC.com (NY)
  • Ray Thek, Vice Chair Tech Group at Lowenstein Sandler and member at www.GrapeArborVC.com

Our Administrative Team

  • Karen Ernst, Lowenstein Sandler
  • Betsy Hatfield, Lowenstein Sandler

First Growth Venture Network would not be complete without our amazing group of mentors, check them out at the Advisors page.